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18 October 2018

Sarah Top of the Class for Cyber Security

Year 11 student Sarah Moreman at The Kings of Wessex Academy started this new school year with some top secret inside info for her Computer Science studies after spending two days in the holidays at a CyberStart Elite event in the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. As one of the top 2% in the country, Sarah qualified to this final stage of the Cyber Discovery Government run scheme after she was ranked in the top 200 out of over 23,000 initial participants when she completed the early stages of the Cyber Discovery scheme completing the challenges in her own time. Sarah was working alongside fellow Computer whizzes across the country between Years 10 to 13 in teams of four, tasked with a series of challenges under the supervision of members of GCHQ and other private companies, including BT. The industry is however, clearly still predominantly male, as 70% of the students taking part were male, making Sarah’s achievement all the more impressive in reaching this stage. The mission of the two days was to complete challenges and mini competitions, as well as listen to talks about cyber security and issues of the day. Tasks included hacking a robot arm, which...... more

17 October 2018

Ezra has winning va va voom!

Year 9 student Ezra Blackwell at The Kings of Wessex Academy has another reason to look forward to the half term break when he will be competing in the International Dutch Supercross in Zuidbroek. Ezra’s racing takes him across Europe competing in the 85cc class (due to the size of his bike) in the age group 12 to 15 years and he is quickly clocking up a number of accolades. In the summer holidays Ezra finished sixth at the IMBA event in Germany and in January he competed in the AXUK Arenacross Tour, a number of weekly Supercross events in arenas from Belfast to Wembley. He came second overall in and won two of the rounds in Belfast and Sheffield competing in the Supermini (small wheel) class. Ezra has been biking since he was very small, aged four years old, following in the footsteps of his Dad, Uncle and big sister Daisy who mostly competes in regional events. Ezra rides a Husqvarna Austrian bike that has a number of special features, including a pro-circuit pipe exhaust that makes it sharper and he has previously ridden a quad bike. Ezra enjoys both motocross that is outdoors and more open and faster; whereas Supercross is indoor in arenas and is more...... more

16 October 2018

Students start the day with special breakfast meeting

Last Friday, students at The Kings of Wessex Academy started the day with an extra sense of purpose when they attended the first ever Business Breakfast as part of the Employability Agenda. Students from all year groups had opportunity to network in the Kings Café with visitors from universities, consultancies and businesses for the first half hour of the session; after which Sixth Form students were invited to attend a career talk of interest to them. The Academy was delighted to welcome back two previous students: Sam Kent (leaver 2012), now working for SEA Engineering on marine and defence engineering and Emily Thorowgood (leaver 2013), now working for Give Volunteers, a gap year charity; after her own gap year teaching English in Thailand inspired her to complete an English and Education degree. The Academy were also pleased to welcome Dr Adam Kelly from Birmingham City University, a Sports Science lecturer and professional football coach, Carol Rosati OBE, who founded the Inspire Network for senior business women and who works in recruitment to promote greater diversity in the business world. Students also enjoyed speaking with Kate Gloudemans, a qualified...... more

12 October 2018

Year 9 Get Business-Minded for 2018 Enterprise Challenge Day

Year 9 Business Studies students at The Kings of Wessex Academy spent the day being business-minded when they took part in this year’s Enterprise Day sponsored by FSC. Guided by their Business Studies teachers, 11 teams of students had an appetite to win as they competed to design that Great British Food Invention - the sandwich. The students had to create the all-important sandwich filling, marketing plan and packaging and there were many tasty combinations and there were some fascinating and innovative ‘food on the go’ concepts. One example was a ‘Fam Pack’ aimed at the family picnic market with four varieties in one carry box, and another designed a sandwich for truck drivers who eat as they drive with a crumb collector! But after careful consideration of all the marketing mix elements the judges Mendip Rotarians: Mark Summers, James Simpson and Patrick Simpson (also of FSC – Food Service Centre based here in Cheddar) and former Big Pitch winner Year 12 student Aiden Malik declared the winning team Simple Sandwich (Tutor Group 9L2) and Bagelsaurus (9T2) as the runners-up. Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson said: “All the...... more

08 October 2018

Students get focused on Focus Day

There was an extra buzz around school on the last Friday of September when students at The Kings of Wessex Academy were off timetable for the day for their first Focus Day of the school year. Students from all year groups chose from a list of activities across all the subjects that offered a broader and deeper curriculum beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum in a more informal setting and there were some very well crafted sessions and students enjoyed doing something different in their chosen activities and helping each other across the different year groups. Here is a selection now. In English, House teams completed a treasure hunt with clues around the school whereby a Sixth Form student was waiting with an extract from a literary text. The literary treasure hunters then completed a quiz for each extract and returned to English HQ once they had found all five extracts. Avalon were the first team back with the highest score in the quiz. Next was a screening of the opening of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ to inspire a piece of creative writing and students could either use the film screening or the extracts from the treasure hunt to spark an...... more